Monica R. Langley
I am an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Research Associate in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I have been studying the role of diet and glial interactions on myelin repair in models of multiple sclerosis for the past 5 years. During graduate school at Iowa State, my work focused on the contribution of environmental factors and the efficacy of novel therapeutic strategies in translational models of Parkinson’s disease. Before that, I had some experience at a Biotech company, hospital pathology lab, and contract research organization. My work so far has resulted in 20 publications, 10 oral presentations, and more than 30 poster presentations. Overall, my research interest has been on neurotoxicology as it pertains to risk and progression of neurological diseases and finding new therapeutic approaches for neural repair. I have helped mentor students from various educational levels, including serving as a mentor through Mayo’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows program and through the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)’s Peer Mentoring Program. I was recently a Guest Associate Editor for “Environmental Effects on Neuroinflammation and Neurodegeneration” in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. Also, to help promote advancement of women and young scientists in STEM, I currently serve as guest editor for research topics entitled “Women in Neurotoxicology” and “Emerging Talents in Toxicology: Neurotoxicology” through Frontiers in Toxicology. I currently serve on several special interest group committees at Mayo Clinic and have been active in professional societies like SOT, SfN, and ASPET since graduate school.